The Comprehensive Planning Act of 1967 authorized county government to create local planning commissions, including joint city-county planning commissions. Counties were authorized to exercise planning, zoning, and subdivision regulation powers within county boundaries. The county planning commission was authorized to prepare, maintain and implement a local comprehensive plan for land use and control. Nine South Carolina counties are either partially or completely zoned. Planning controls, such as zoning, can be used to guide growth and promote planned orderly land development.
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